2014 June Lunch Recap
Who among the Mariners pitching staff is the hardest to catch? “Felix,” Mike Zunino told RBI Club members.
I want to make him feel comfortable throwing any pitch at any time. When he needs to bounce a pitch into the dirt to get an out, I want him to know he can do that. But, catching a 90mph changeup – that’s not easy.
Zunino joined RBI Club members and guests Friday, June 27 at our monthly lunch. Emceeing the event was Bill Krueger, former Mariners pitcher and current ROOT SPORTS baseball analyst.
Before questions were opened up to the audience, Krueger asked Zunino what was one of the most significant changes about playing big league baseball. Zunino said:
Splitting offense and defense. That’s a huge change. Mentally, you really have to split the two. I have to put batting aside and concentrate on the pitching staff. And then, when we get those three outs and I’m at bat, I have to try and flip that switch and hit the ball.
In addition to hearing from Zunino and Krueger, we were joined by Allyson Rowe, Miss Washington USA, and Starla Sampaco, Miss Washington Teen USA. The two lovely ladies helped us with the lunch’s raffles and auction. Their efforts allowed us to raise more than $1,000 for Umps Care! Thank you ladies!
And, a huge thank you to our favorite Seattle based photographer, Rick Takagi. We loved seeing you.